New Orleans - Turbo Squid, provider of royalty-free 3D assets, announced the availability of its 3D application plug-in, Tentacles, for Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 modeling, animation, and rendering software. With the installment of 3ds Max 2008, users automatically will have access to Turbo Squid's Tentacles.
Tentacles is a free Adobe Flash-based plug-in that integrates the Turbo Squid online library and purchasing process into a variety of popular 3D applications, enabling users to browse, compare, and purchase 3D content (including models, textures, mocap data, and more) without leaving the 3D applications in which they are working.
Within Tentacles, artists can store, manage, and organize work in one secure, central location on the Web, giving them an instant backup for critical files. In addition, artists are able to create their own private online workspaces to share designs with co-workers, fostering a collaborative environment between team members on a project.
Tentacles streamlines and simplifies the workflow of 3D artists. With Tentacles, artists can perform the following functions without leaving a 3D application window:
Store media, materials, models, and more online
Invite clients and collaborators to see and contribute to projects online
Manage content library using an advanced file system and search engine
Browse and purchase products from the entire collection of Turbo Squid models
Search for models based on price range, category, file format, date of publication, or rating
Compare products side-by-side
Save payment information and wish lists
Unpack and import models into 3D applications from the Tentacles shopping cart
Tentacles is free and available now at http://www.turbosquid.com/tentacles. Download Tentacles as a standalone or for the following 3D applications: Autodesk 3ds Max 2008, Autodesk 3ds Max (v7/8/9), Autodesk Maya (v7/8/), Softimage XSI (v4.2/5.1/), Cinema4D (v9.5). Additional versions of Tentacles for more applications are due out later this year.